Fudgy Walnut Brownies (gluten free) – after the Kale chip disaster!

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!

It’s Christmas eve day and I’ve got a few things on the go in prep for the big day….So I started off with the best of intentions in doing something healthy and different for a snack….Kale chips.  I stumbled on them on line and gave them a go today and what a mistake they were.  Firstly when it came time to flip them they looked like something you’d smoke, not eat.  Tobacco folks tobacco!  Reminded me of the days on the farm and the dried up tobacco leaves and in tasting the kale once done I have to say I think the tobacco leaves would’ve tasted better…it was just bad all the way around.  So having said that if anyone does have a recipe for something like that, that turned out yummy, I’d love to know about it! 🙂  It’s incredibly easy to make but who knows maybe I blundered along the way.

That left me to my next attempt for a treat for tomorrows Christmas dinner.  Fudgy Walnut brownies that are gluten free.  They are still in the oven as I type so the results aren’t in yet as this is my first attempt at this as well.  Hope they turn out but if not I’ve got a back up plan in place.  I thought this might be a way to get a little chocolate in for those wanting to try something different as well.  I’ll let you know how they are at the end of the post. 🙂

Sorry for the photos or lack there of; I get doing it every time in the kitchen and forget to take pics along the way.

Fudgy Walnut Brownies

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 8 oz dark chocolate (chunks or chips for easy melting)
  • 3 tbp water
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 12 cup walnut pieces (chopped well)
  • 2 tbsp Quinoa flour


  • Preheat oven to 350F.  Line the inside of you pan with foil (9 x 9 inch pan should do; I doubled the recipe and used a 12 x 9 pan)
  • In a small bowl mix together quinoa flour and cocoa and set aside for later
  • Put the pitted dates and water in food processor and blend until pasty.
  • Paste
  • Remove paste and set aside

Some ingredients

  • In a med-large sauce pan melt butter (low heat) add chocolate and continue to melt while stirring.


  • when melted remove from heat, add date paste and mix thoroughly
  • Add paste
  • Add eggs one at a time to the chocolate mixture and again mix thoroughly
  • Add egg
  • Add the previously set aside quinoa/cocoa mix and stir vigorously into above mix assuring a smooth batter.
  • 128_0181Mix in walnuts
  • Pour into previously prepared baking pan
  • 128_0185If you are cooking the 9 x9 pan cook for about 20 minutes (for the 12 x 9 pan 25 to 27 minutes) or until the center feels set.  Don’t forget the will continue to bake slightly while resting/cooling so careful not to over bake.
  • remove from oven and set aside to cool completely before cutting.128_0186

For those with a  sweet tooth sprinkle icing sugar over the brownies.

Ok so they are done and OHHH MY Word are they ever yummy!!  No kidding; dates and all they are fabulous and talk about moist!  Wow what a feat for me considering as much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE to cook….baking….not so much a fan so I generally just don’t.

Fudgy Walnut Brownies

If you give them a go I’d love to hear what you think.



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